Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Two Year Old Dies from Popcorn Kernel

Lawrence County News
March 5, 1936

KERNEL OF POPCORN CAUSED DEATH OF TWO-YEAR-OLD BOY

Paul Wilson Jr., Two-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Wilson, died Saturday afternoon while he was being taken to the Barnes hospital in St. Louis.

Mr. and Mrs. Wilson reside on the B. L. Roberts' farm, near Pleasant Ridge Church, in Bond Township. Saturday morning about seven o'clock the little fellow was playing around in the house and picked up some popcorn from a bowl on a table. A grain became lodged in his trachea and resisted all efforts to dislodge it. Dr. J. W. Montgomery, of Birds, was called and was unable to remove the kernel and advised that the child be taken to a hospital. 

A hurried trip was made to Olney where an incision was made into the trachea and a small rubber tube inserted. A telephone call was then made to the Barnes Hospital at St. Louis to be ready for an emergency operation and Lowell Weger, who had taken the parents and child to Olney, started for St. Louis. When near Salem, car trouble caused a delay and when a short distance out of the city, the child died from strangulation. He would have been two years old on March 5th.


The body was brought to the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R. T. Gilliatt, in Bridgeport, where funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2:30.  Burial was made in the Sumner cemetery.

Monday, November 20, 2017

No Firecrackers at City Concert


Lawrence County News July 7, 1926
The regular monthly meeting of the City Council of Lawrenceville was held with two members absent, Aldermen Bailey and Hashbarger. A special appropriation was made for the purpose of collecting and disposing of garbage in the city.  This tax is levied each year and is kept in a separate account until such time as a Council sees fit to install a collection system for garbage and make some arrangements for its disposal.
R.S. Jones, business manager of the Chamber of Commerce, appeared before the Council with a proposition to widen the pavement on 11th and 12th St. from Walnut to Dubois, six feet on either side. This is solely needed, but is questionable whether it can be done at this time as the city has no money to make this improvement. The manner of accepting the plat of the Kirkwood Addition to the city came up but action was postponed.
That the taxpayers may get an idea of the cost of city government several items in the appropriation ordinance were published: Electric lights $5400, fire hydrant rentals $3800, streets and alleys $5000, election expenses $100, salaries $9500, cemetery $500, fire department $2000.

Ms. Christine Cullison and Hugh Thomas Gutteridge were married at the home of the bride’s grandfather, F. P. Eshelman, in Lawrenceville Thursday evening at 7 o’clock. After a light lunch Mr. and Mrs. Gutteridge left on a short wedding trip to Niagara Falls. The bride is the eldest daughter of Roy Cullison of Petty Township; the groom is the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Gutteridge of St. Francisville. Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Cullison, who were married at Olney the same afternoon, were guests of the wedding. Samuel is the younger brother of Mrs. Gutteridge and his bride was Miss Bretta Willis of Bridgeport.

R. L. Crusse is now the sole owner of the Lawrenceville Battery Service station, purchasing the interest of his partner, R. A. Frederick, last week. Messrs. Crusse and Frederick came to Lawrenceville four years ago purchasing the battery station from Ross Sumner. Their business has steadily grown until now it is second to none in this section. Mr. Crusse has always been in charge of the business, so there will be no change in the management or the service.

The fifth city band concert was held last week and the hot weather brought out the largest crowd of the season. It was an orderly crowd in spite of the fact that it was only two days before the Fourth of July. The police had requested that merchants handling fireworks not sell any Thursday evening; hence the small boys were disappointed in not being able to punctuate the music with cannon crackers.

Dr Fred (Ferd?) Weiler was an Optometrist in Lawrenceville.Wabash Valley Motor Co was located st State Street at Tenth.

July 7, 1926

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Smile Campaign for Donations and New Book!

Amazon is one of the most widely used websites in the world. We were pleased to announce that customers can now elect to donate 0.5% of their purchase to  the Lawrence County Historical Society.  This is all made possible by shopping on smile.amazon.com. If you shop on Amazon this holiday season, or actually anytime of the year, please click on the button at the left before you purchase and choose Lawrence County Historical Society as your charity of choice. It's a perfect way to support Lawrence County Historical Society.  

Corrections:  Sometimes an error slips through in the transcription of old newspaper articles, sometimes its our fault, and sometimes it was actually in the original newspaper.  J. Petty caught the one in the "Merry-go-rounds are Dangerous" article.  The young man was ejected from the school grounds, not injected.... I'm not saying whose fault it was, but good catch, Mr Petty.  

Great Gift for Christmas!  The third in the series of Lawrence Lore publications is now available for sale at the History Center, the Research Library, and the Finishing Touch, as well as on line through PayPal.  Because of the costs of publication, the price is now $25 but it's still an outstanding buy and makes the perfect gift for lovers of local history. 


Friday, November 17, 2017

Chicken Thieves, Tire Theft, Adultery, and Being Plain Drunk-Court Cases 1926

Lawrence County News July 7, 1926  Court News
Woodrow Brooks, Melville Struble, and James Oscar Stone were arrested by Chief Stivers Sunday morning and turned over to Sheriff Simms who placed them in the county jail to await further developments. About a month ago a tire was stolen from a Ford coupe belonging to Lue McAndrew, which was stored in the garage on Lexington Street. Sunday morning another tire was missing and Chief Stivers was notified. He investigated and found Brooks and Stone inflating a tire that answered the description of the stolen tire and after a little sweating the boys admitted the theft. When asked about the tire taken a month ago they denied having anything to do with it, but finally said that Struble had stolen it. He had sold a tire to a garage man who in turn sold it, but when told that it had been stolen, the purchaser willingly returned it to Chief Stivers. The boys have been in trouble before and will probably be sent to Reform School for this latest episode.

Tillman Sheeley who was arrested a week ago at a construction camp east of Lawrenceville, pled guilty to a violation of the Prohibition Act last Wednesday and was fined $100 in costs.

Henry Harkrader and Eva Winkles were tried by a jury Thursday and found guilty of adultery and fornication. Pending a motion for new trial, sentences have not been pronounced.

Dee Fiscus, 15 years old, Raymond Fiscus 20, and Dale Fiscus 16, were arrested Thursday at their homes in Sumner by Sheriff Simms. The boys were charged with stealing chickens and when arraigned, before Judge Fish, Saturday, they pled guilty to larceny and were fined $25 and costs each and also given jail sentences of 30 days. In the case of Dee Fiscus the jail sentence was suspended.

Mr. and Mrs. Ed  Strail and James Stark, all of Bridgeport secured a supply of mule Monday and after imbibing pretty freely started for Olney to take in the races. Sheriff Simms overtook them at Sumner and brought them to the county jail. Stark and Mrs. Strail were very much intoxicated and that is the only charge against them. Strail was sober, but his car did not have a license plate and he was driving in a reckless manner when arrested. Tuesday morning Strail pled guilty before Judge Helm to driving a car without a license and was fined $25 in costs. Mrs. Strail and Stark pled guilty to being plain drunk and were fined five dollars in costs each; they paid and were released.  

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Merry-go-round Riding Can Be Dangerous to One's Health

Lawrenceville Republican
August 8, 1907

STABBED IN THE HIP

Albert Brush Uses His Knife on Rush Tewalt at the Spring (Stivers Spring?)  Friday Night

Friday night, Rush Tewalt was stabbed in the hip by Albert Brush, son of Mason Brush of this city. The affair seems to have occurred as follows: Tewalt was riding on a merry-go-round. Brush was standing by with a whip and repeatedly hit Tewalt as he passed by. Tiring of this, Tewalt took him to task and the matter was taken up by Herschel Brush, an older brother of Albert. Tewalt and Herschel Brush became engaged in a fight and while so occupied the younger brother used his knife on Tewalt. Bystanders seeing it, separated them and the Brush boys were put in jail. Tewalt went home and Dr. Gore was called. The cut was deep but not long and resulted in considerable loss of blood.

Saturday the Brush boys were released on bond of $150 each to await their preliminary hearing Monday August 12.


The same boy who did this cutting attacked Superintendent Hostettler with a knife on the school grounds last winter. He had previously refused to observe the rules of the school and rather than take punishment he left school. Instead of going to home he loafed around town and went to the schoolyard at play time whereupon Superintendent Hostettler requested him to leave the ground. Upon his refusal, he was put off the grounds and it was then that he attempted to use his knife while being injected.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Teachers in 1926 Attending College

Persons attending Illinois State Teachers College in the summer of 1926
Lois Ethel Atkins, Lawrenceville
Mary Esther Borden, Pinkstaff
Violet Bridwell, Sumner
Ella Belle Caudle, Sumner
Hazel Alma Ferguson, Sumner
Nellie Ferguson, Sumner
Ralph Orlando Freeland, St. Francisville
Alta Hagnauer, Bridgeport
Bonnie May Harbbaugh, Sumner
Zulu Fern Heath, Sumner
Callie Forna Hobbs, Bridgeport
Rebecca Huston, Lawrenceville
Norma Mildred Lee, Bridgeport
Doris McCarty, Lawrenceville
Alta Miller, Lawrenceville
Mabel Miller, Lawrenceville
Grace Mae Moore, Lawrenceville
Flossie Nuttall, Sumner
Dollie Phillips, Sumner
Clara Pinkstaff, Lawrenceville
Opal Porter, Lawrenceville
Florence Belle Simms, Lawrenceville
Rosamond Sutherland, Lawrenceville
Lillian Tevault (Tewalt?), Lawrenceville
Cleo Wagner, Sumner
Rolla Williams, Sumner
Ruth Young, Lawrenceville
Nellie Zehner, Lawrenceville


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Bus Passengers to Wait in Court House? No Thank You

Lawrence County News July 7, 1926

The Board of Supervisors met Tuesday morning with all members present.
 County Clerk Steffey reported a check from the Ohio Oil Company was received for the oil produced on the county farm during June amounting to $470.52.
A plat of Lincoln Heights, a subdivision platted by M. J. Lewis West of Lawrenceville, was presented and approved.
R. J. Benefiel was appointed Superintendent of Highways, a position he has held for the past several years, and his salary fixed at $2000 per year.
A representative from the Midland Trail Bus Line appeared before the board with a proposition to open the courthouse for the benefit of the traveling public. Hencetofore, the bus line company has used the lobby of  Hotel Lawrence as a sort of waiting room for passengers.  That privilege has been withdrawn and it was suggested that the County might be willing to supply a waiting room in the courthouse. The board thought otherwise and refused to consider the proposition.

Word was received Monday morning of the death of Dr. J. W. Flint which occurred at the home of his daughter in Madison, Wisconsin. He was 78 years old. Dr. Flint was one of the oldest ministers in the Southern Illinois conference having united with the conference in 1875. He retired in 1920 and had served as pastor of the local Methodist Church in Lawrenceville for four years leaving here in 1912. The present church building was erected during his pastorate.

Cleo T. Hocking, manager of the Kroger grocery in Lawrenceville and Miss Martha E. Judge of Albion, were united in marriage at the Christian church parsonage Wednesday evening.

Carl Goddard has purchased the stock and equipment of the State Highway Garage from Lon Anderson and in addition to selling Pontiac and Oakland cars will now be able to do a general repair business. The State Highway Garage has been located in the same building with the Goddard Motor Sales, so there will be no interruption of business due to the change of owners.


July 7, 1926